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The Banks Peninsula island that almost wasn't
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 3 December 2016 (The Press) - Pukerauaruhe Island was said to mean a heap of ferns but it did not look like one and was so barren it would struggle to grow very much at all.

Rat explosion threatens sooty terns on Ascension Island after cat cull
LONDON, UK, 3 December 2016 (Telegraph) - When the RSPB eradicated cat populations on a remote British island in 2002 it was considered a triumph in conservation, allowing endangered frigate birds and masked boobies to thrive.

Japan to register uninhabited islands as national properties
TOKYO, Japan, 3 December 2016 (Nikkei) - The Japanese government is strengthening management of remote islands within national boundaries as part of an effort to protect territorial waters and impose a check on repeated Chinese provocations near them.

A solution to the Kuril Islands dispute?
BONN, Germany, 2 December 2016 (DW) - Japan and Russia, for a long time, have been looking for a way to save face, while ending a decades-long territorial dispute over the Kuril Islands in the Northern Pacific.

Castaway ghost spiders flew to Robinson Crusoe Island
WASHINGTON, US, 2 December 2016 (NatGeog) - Arachnophobes might be shocked to learn that some spiders can fly hundreds of miles across the ocean.

Iceland election: Pirate Party asked to try to form government
LONDON, UK, 2 December 2016 (BBC) - Iceland's anti-establishment Pirate Party has been asked by the president to try to form a new government, following October's snap elections.

Millions to be invested in Hebrides weapons range
LONDON, UK, 2 December 2016 (BBC) - Millions of pounds are to be spent modernising a weapons testing site on the Western Isles.

Great Barrier Reef not dying, Australia insists
SYDNEY, Australia, 2 December 2016 (AFP) - The Great Barrier Reef is "not dying", Australia insisted today as it updated UNESCO on efforts to protect the natural wonder while scientists blasted a lack of urgency in dealing with climate change.